Volvo+Saab Join on PHEVs; Correction: Toyota IQ not a PHEV; Volt Feedback

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Three items the auto industry and PHEVs:

Volvo and GM-owned Saab with the Swedish government, and ETC AB to develop PHEVs.

We correct a European media report the Toyota iQ, scheduled for mass in 2009: in fact it’s not a Toyota’s evident intention to PHEVs sometime around stands. (We’ve updated the at our popular page, How Carmakers are to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity .)

GM’s invitation to users to their views on data-collection and for the GM Volt gets an avalanche of opinions overnight.


Many people, including our colleagues working to develop the annual conference Driving Fueling the Future of Transport, very interested in the new developments in (which participated heavily in September’s conference). They that Vattenfall (Swedish for water-fall referring to hydropower) is the energy generator in Sweden. ETC AB is a and fuel cell company in

Following are press releases Volvo and Vattenfall plus a from CNET.


Volvo Car Corporation unique cooperation for the development of hybrid cars in Sweden

GЦTEBORG, SWEDEN – with electricity provider Saab Automobile, ETC and the Swedish Volvo Car Corporation is launching a broad-based research venture to spearhead technology in the area of hybrid cars. Sweden be the arena for the field tests.

I see project as a positive further of sustainable personal transport. We a unique opportunity to take the when it comes to innovations for green-car technology, says Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Car

The aim of the project, which is being out jointly by Volvo Car Corporation, Automobile, Vattenfall and ETC, is to and demonstrate the next-generation hybrid A fleet of 10 plug-in hybrids be produced that can be recharged from the mains wall

Volvo has long experience of with a variety of society’s and with this project the aims to participate in and shape and initiatives that are taken within and outside the car industry.

We to be involved in setting up the rules for the and to help build up broad-based in Sweden in this vital says Fredrik Arp.

Over a five-year period, Cars will invest over 11 billion SEK in development at reducing fuel consumption and Volvo already offers its one of the industry’s widest ranges of engines. In parallel the company is to enhance the efficiency of its petrol- and cars.

2008 will see the of car models that release than 120 grams of carbon per kilometre.

Volvo Cars is focusing intensively on hybrid In the medium term the company introduce hybrid variants an electric motor supports the engine. In the longer term, hybrids will be introduced. One of this was presented in autumn with the Volvo C30 ReCharge

Used in the most effective this concept car cuts of carbon dioxide by about 65 compared with the hybrid available on the market today. And if the comes from CO2-sustainable such as hydropower and windpower, figure improves still

Within the next decade, we see more electric vehicles on our says Fredrik Arp.


Plug-In can reduce the transport sector’s upon fossil fuels and its effect on the climate. Vattenfall is of a Swedish industrial initiative to up the development of next generation’s vehicles, which may be charged electricity directly from the and driven longer distances on

Running more vehicles on is one way of reducing transport sector of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. is investing a billion Swedish in renewable electricity production and a wide ranging of different to reduce climate changing As such we see it as a natural step to with Volvo Cars and Automobile to lay the foundations for a combined industry investment in Plug-In says Lars G Josefsson, CEO Vattenfall.

The car industry and energy are both convinced that hybrid cars can be an effective of reducing the carbon footprint of traffic. Swedish electricity has low carbon dioxide emissions and is a powerful propellant.

Electric will not require any extensive development, as Sweden’s power has sufficient capacity and an ordinary point can be used to charge a Sweden also has enough capacity to meet the increased for electricity that would in both the short and the long-term. For Vattenfall’s Lillgrund wind with 48 wind turbines supply enough electricity to 147,000 vehicles that 15,000 kilometres a year electricity 75 percent of the time.

“Using electricity to power transport vehicles is a very example of how energy resources can be in an effective way. At the same improving energy efficiency fossil fuels are also by carbon dioxide free is a major climate change says Lars G Josefsson. One step in this investment in hybrids is a project to build, and evaluate vehicles and various alternatives, in order to determine potential for reducing emissions and the costs would be etc.

For this project entails the and testing of electricity infrastructure and charging alternatives. Solutions be user friendly and flexible to ensure charging a Plug-In is easier than filling car at a petrol station today. The partners are Vattenfall, Saab Volvo Cars and ETC AB.

Funding is being provided by the Swedish Agency.

CNET March 14,

Volvo road tests plug-in hybrid concept

by Wayne Cunningham

Volvo off its ReCharge plug-in hybrid based on the Volvo C30 model, at year’s Frankfurt auto We were skeptical when we saw it even though it looked Volvo only had a cutaway model to show off, and the has no current hybrid cars its model lineup. But Volvo today that it has a working on the road as part of a larger to develop next generation

Volvo, in a consortium with the Swedish government, and energy Vattenfall, announced a five-year to develop plug-in hybrids. The goal is to produce a fleet of 10 hybrid cars, using as a testing field. We are a little by this level of ambition, as are already companies in the U.S. plug-in conversions of existing

As part of this plan, announced it will offer a variant of one or more existing within five years. At time, Volvo isn’t what type of hybrid it will use, but owner already offers a hybrid similar to Toyota’s on its Ford and Mercury Mariner. When the concept was introduced, Volvo lithium-polymer batteries and in-wheel motors, with a small generator onboard as a range


On 8, we enthusiastically posted to CalCars-News, Back in Race To Be First Company on PHEVs based on that Toyota’s 99 gram/kilometer IQ car, to be mass-produced in 2009 in was a plug-in hybrid. Something sound right about so we checked with Toyota’s VP for Corporate Communications, Irv Miller, who that the iQ is super lightweight, low C02 emissions — not a hybrid, but has a gas or option.

At the same time, we have not any contradictions from the Wall Journal story we linked to in same posting at­calcars-news/­924.html Toyota’s President Katsuaki says the company will a plug-in hybrid with a battery by 2010 at the latest which means they still get there before Saturn Vue or Volt.


Finally, is a website focusing exclusively on the with frequent news and broad discussions. Dr. Lyle its volunteer physician editor/publisher, has over 14,000 pre-orders for the After an indirect invitation a GM engineer to give opinions what kind of data the car make available to drivers, 300 gave their views in than a day: “Give Direct Input to GM’s Engineering Team on Vehicle Options!”­2008/­03/­16/­


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